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The single market of interest groups

Environmental and consumer protection have outstripped business interests in the EU. This is the conclusion drawn by an international study supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. The reason behind this is a wish on the part of the European institutions to widen their legitimacy. Brussels is synonymous with European bureaucracy, political elites and powerful…

Austria’s family context has become more traditional again

More and more families have fewer children than they would actually like to have. Demographers from Vienna are currently exploring the causes of this development. They detect a return to traditional role models for both women and men. “We were surprised to see Austria heading back towards a more traditional pattern”, says Isabella Buber-Ennser from…

The Führer’s lavish guest house

In an extensive research effort the art historian Imma Walderdorff investigated the Nazi past of Klessheim Palace, unearthing hitherto unknown facts and making an important contribution to provenance research. Klessheim Palace in Salzburg owes a great deal of its current appearance to conversions made during the period of National Socialism (NS). Upon instructions from Adolf…

Human rights: Extrajudicial complaint mechanisms particularily suitable

Reconciling corporate interests with human rights is a difficult endeavour. A research project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF demonstrates that non-judicial complaint mechanisms may be an adequate avenue for conflict resolution. For a number of years, companies have been facing increased pressure when it comes to human rights violations. Numerous multinational corporations such…

The underestimated role of coincidence

In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a team directed by mathematician Erika Hausenblas is investigating how the pressure of flowing liquids can be described when taking into account random perturbations. Differential equations are a physicist’s most important tool. From Newton’s law of gravitation to quantum physics one will scarcely find a…

Exploring “emo-eating”

While fear and aggression tend to curb our appetite, sadness and frustration seem to stimulate it. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF looks into the connections between mood and overeating in healthy and bulimic individuals. We know how it feels to look forward to our favourite dish; we are familiar with the…

Who can be trusted on the internet?

In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, scientists examined how the credibility of information from the web can be assessed in order to obtain more effective data from platforms such as Flickr. Recently, the credibility of information from the internet has become a hot topic, given the political dimension of fake news…

Opera and politics

The Vienna State Opera is an institution, an icon of high culture, far removed from everyday concerns. Or is it? With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research team from Vienna examined the interaction between prevailing political contexts and the opera house’s programme. “It is interesting to note”, says Christian Glanz, “that…

The grammar of movement

Like spoken language, sign language has a complex and differentiated structure. One just has to be able to discern and interpret it. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research team from Klagenfurt is working on the elements of a grammar of sign language. It is language that distinguishes Homo sapiens from…

Hidden HIV Revealed: New Insights Into Latent HIV Infections

In spite of ever more effective therapies, HIV keeps managing to survive in the body. A comprehensive project conducted by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has clarified the molecular processes which contribute to this effect. In the process, approaches were discovered for possible therapies to combat the hidden reservoir formed by the virus. Thanks to…